Hundreds line up for first run - Kingsway Race DaySimon Coyle, Rochdale Observer September 2012
More than 300 runners took part in the first ever Rochdale Kingsway Run last weekend. The run, which was started by Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent and Ellie Leach, attracted runners from across the north and from as far afield as Kent and North Wales. The event brought together a range of abilities and ages with a number of younger children taking part in track races and more experienced runners tackling the 10k route around some of Kingsway Business Park’s scenic footpaths.
Runners were able to take part for fun or raise money for charity. The event was staged as part of the borough’s celebrations as part of the International Year of Cooperatives.
Helen Winn, programme manager for the International Year of Coopertives, said: “We always wanted the run to be an event with a bit of something for everyone and on the day there was a great atmosphere and a real community feel.Families ran together in their first race, local businesses ran in teams for their chosen charities and people came from far and wide to take part."
Patrick Jackson, director of Vindon Scientific on Kingsway Business Park, was among the runners who joined in. He said: "As well as being a sponsor of the event, we entered a team of runners and raised £100 for our chosen charity Mahdlo. As a business on Kingsway we know how great the footpaths on Kingsway are for running, so it was nice to share that with so many people on the day."
Link4Life were event partners with the Kingsway Partnership.